‘Tis the season for all things haunted, so why not evoke some ghostly spirits with your Cabernet? Delightfully secluded at the end of a long, winding drive off the Silverado Trail, Regusci
is one of Napa Valley's “ghost wineries,
” a term given to a handful of resurrected facilities built between 1860 and 1900, before disease, Prohibition and the Great Depression decimated the valley's early wine-grape industry. The buttery-stone facade of the cellar dates to 1878, but the dog-friendly tasting room is elegantly modern. You and Fido are welcome to belly up to the bar or picnic on the shaded grounds, where you're likely to be greeted by a Welsh Corgi named Trixie or a half-dozen other winery dogs. Just please, heed the sign and don't feed them.
Want more? Another ghost winery that welcomes DogTrekkers is Chateau Montelena, established in 1882 at the base of Mount St. Helena. Dogs can’t come inside, but if you buy a bottle you can enjoy it on the beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding the winery’s aptly named Jade Lake. Or, pay a visit to Flora Springs Vineyard, which—just in time for Halloween—has released a 2009 Ghost Winery Malbec. Appropriately enough, it comes in a box shaped like a coffin. And yes, dogs are welcome in the tasting room. Just watch out for bats.